Electric guitar

Hardware review: Taylor GT K21e acoustic-electric guitar

Taylor’s all-Hawaiian GT K21 stands out in its compact GT series for a number of reasons. The Koa’s bold look shining on its soundboard, back, and sides can turn heads, and the GT K21 certainly will, but I’ve learned that there’s more to this guitar than what there is. ‘we see.

First off, if you haven’t personally tried out a GT series guitar (short for Grand Theater), you might not understand what it is. Yes, it’s a more compact guitar than Taylor’s Grand Orchestra (a big-drum style) it borrows its shape from, but it’s cleverly scaled down for comfort by Taylor’s master guitarist, Andy Powers. Powers’ challenge was to coax the playing comfort of a smaller acoustic guitar without having to sacrifice great sound. He used several techniques in this effort, and I would say he did more of a redesign than a cut.

The result: Notes of a familiar body shape with clever bracing and design considerations that extend the typical guitar range and resonance, plus a shorter scale that Powers uses to provide a player-friendly experience. with the added benefits of lighter string tension. The bottom line here is that the K21e and the rest of the GT series are most likely unlike anything you’ve played before and don’t have much in common with other “little” guitars. Please read this as you have to try it in person.

Taylor Guitars GT KT21e

Like most, I sometimes have fun playing small guitars. The typically “light” sound is often a refreshing change and may be better suited to certain songs. While smaller guitars can present issues for players with large hands, the experience of playing on K21e’s 24-1 / 8 inch scale length and unique neck proportions was easy for me (j have very big hands). In addition to the fun aspect of the feel, the GT series offers players a lighter string tension built into the design. The effect is the same as you might have experienced with a 25-1 / 2 inch scale length guitar set to a full half step. In combination with the shorter neck, this offers an interesting approach to changing up a typical cropped feel.

There are a few attributes of the K21e that put it in a sonic category of its own. I mentioned the all-solid wood construction, but using all of Koa and Taylor’s Class C bracing gives this guitar unique sonic properties. In addition to more warmth than I would expect from a smaller guitar body, the instrument has remarkable sustain and a very even response from the open low strings to the upper registers. It’s a very smooth and clear sound, but also offers surprising power from a guitar of its size to cut through a mix. It is easy to see that this guitar adapts well to a number of different playing styles.

Along with the considerable visual appeal of an Edgeburst finished all-koa design with an ebony bridge and fingerboard, you can’t miss the wandering Spring Vine inlay in maple and the matching single-ring rosette at the soundhole. . I really enjoyed the look of the doll adorned with delicate Gotoh mini 510 tuners in antique gold. The feel of these little tuners actually took me a little while to get used to, but with a 21: 1 gear ratio they turned out to be very precise, and they certainly serve to subtly flatter the appearance. of the instrument.

The GT K21e also offers performing artists Taylor’s Expression System 2 (ES2) pickup and road-proven electronics. The ES2 pickup elements are located behind the saddle rather than below. With the location of the elements precisely adjustable in relation to the saddle, the system provides better response for different playing styles. For control, the ES2 system has conveniently located volume and tone control knobs with a designed preamp. bespoke that delivers professional sound quality and very responsible output levels.

The GT K21e is not only a beautiful guitar (one that might grab a collector’s attention), but also a great guitar. It is both fun to play and can be very effective in many different musical situations and contexts. The model comes with Elixir Phosphor Bronze Light strings and comes with a high quality, well-fitting soft case that offers exceptional protection and provides convenient handles, rear straps and a spacious front pocket.

Price: $ 4,699

Taylor’s website: https://www.taylorguitars.com/guitars/acoustic/gt-k21e